The Adrienne M. and Charles Shelby Rooks Fellowship for Racial and Ethnic Theological Students was established to support the seminary education of members of the United Church of Christ from racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in our church who are committed to serving the United Church of Christ and who are enrolled in a school of theology accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. Grants are also made to support doctoral study at accredited graduate schools for those seeking to pursue a scholarly teaching vocation in the field of religion. Grants are made to both full-time and part-time students and range from $500 to $5,000 annually. Grants may be renewed.
All applications must be received by March 1 for the following academic year.
Who May Apply?
Master of Divinity Students
: Any member of a congregation of the United Church of Christ who is from an underrepresented ethnic group (such as African American, Hispanic American, Asian American, Native American Indian, or Pacific Islander), who is enrolled in an accredited school of theology, and who has maintained at least a B average in all post high school academic studies may apply. Preference will be given to students who have demonstrated leadership through a history of service to the church and scholarship through exceptional academic performance and who intend to become pastors and teachers within the United Church of Christ. Both full-time and part-time students are encouraged to apply. Applicants are expected to have begun the in-care process by the time of application.
: Any member of a congregation of the United Church of Christ from an underrepresented ethnic group, who is in a program of study leading to a Ph.D., Th.D., or Ed.D. within a field related to religious studies, may apply. Preference will be given to those students who have demonstrated high promise of academic excellence, teaching effectiveness, and commitment to the United Church of Christ and who intend to become professors in colleges, seminaries, or graduate schools.
$500 - $5,000 (renewable)
The Adrienne M. and Charles Shelby Rooks Fellowship
Local Church Ministries
700 Prospect Ave E.
Cleveland, OH 44115-1000
216-736-3839 or 866-822-8224, Ext. 3848